Interfaith

Enriching our communities extends to us drawing alongside fellow Christians of other traditions and denominations, as well as those of other faiths.

Signs of the committment to nurturing these relationships can be found across the parishes.

From projects such as an award-winning Interfaith women’s group, shared Iftar meals and Pancake Parties, to the relaunch of the Bexley Interfaith Forum

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH INTERFAITH WORK

The Rev Richard Martin holds the portfolio for inter-faith relations for the Diocese:

"I am always delighted to meet with any churches interested in exploring interfaith work further, or developing friendships with their neighbours of other faiths, as the benefits to the community and to each of us personally can be significant" 

He can be contacted on 01474 249792 or revramartin@btinternet.com

 

USEFUL IDEAS AND RESOURCES

If you're looking for ideas and inspiration, these resources are worth considering:

  • A useful resource for ideas about Inter-Faith engagement can be found on the Church of England’s Presence and Engagement website http://www.presenceandengagement.org.uk/home
  • It includes at http://www.presenceandengagement.org.uk/generous-love the 2008 report “Generous Love” which is “An Anglican Theology of Inter-Faith Relations”, produced for that year’s Lambeth conference.
  • Many examples of inter-faith engagement can be found on the Inter-Faith Network website https://www.interfaith.org.uk/, along with details of Interfaith Week which occurs during the second week of November every year.
  • You will also find there guidance for churches and Cathedrals thinking of hosting an Iftar meal during Ramadan. (you can also request a pdf copy from Richard Martin)
  • A fruitful area of Inter-faith dialogue is Scriptural Reasoning, which has been pioneered at Cambridge University http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/s.This site includes many suggested texts which can be used by Christians, Muslims and Jews to explore a theme. SR is already being run in Bromley, and SR between Christians and Sikhs has been taking place in Gravesend since 2016.

 

INTERFAITH GROUPS IN THE DIOCESE

The following Inter-faith groups are known to meet in the Diocese:

 

Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA) (Chairman Faran Forghani)

  • To promote, organise and support Inter-Faith and Multi-Faith activities in the Medway area
  •  To promote cohesion and dialogue between the Faiths and Faith Communities in the Medway area
  •  To promote mutual respect and understanding
  •  To support, and maintain membership of, the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom www.medwayinterfaith.org.uk

North Kent Council for Interfaith Relations

The Council co-ordinates various interfaith initiatives across North Kent. The Council organises multi-faith thanksgiving services and prayers upon request from establishments like Bluewater shopping complex.  It also supports the multi-faith

chaplaincy at Bluewater. A booklet published by the Council, “Guidelines for Spiritual and Pastoral Care,”” is well used by nursing homes and hospitals and a new revised edition was published in 2010. The Council also works with several public service agencies, for example Local Children’s Strategic Partnership and Kent Police, and its office-bearers represent faith communities on various local boards and partnerships.

For more information about the Council please contact visit www.northkentinterfaith.co.uk

The Bromley 3 Faiths group holds events and meetings: an example (with contact numbers) is at https://peaceofcaketogetherblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/bromley-3-faiths-peace-walk-sunday-22nd-july-2018/

The Bexley Interfaith Forum holds monthly meetings and be contacted at https://bexleyinterfaithforum.org/contact/

The Diocese has a developing a link with the Dialogue society, http://www.dialoguesociety.org/ whose SE area offices are in Chatham and Welling.

They work to foster relations between Christians, Muslims and all faiths.


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